Theology on Tap begins 8th season

By | May 20, 2009

0920theologytap-webThe free sessions are open to anyone, but the primary audience is young adults, ages 21 to 39, married or single. The evening includes speakers – on topics ranging from the sacraments to meditation to Jewish theology and Christian discernment – and shared conversation and discussion.

“There’s a comfort element woven into this program, so people feel comfortable learning more about their Catholic faith and to be comfortable among their peers discussing their faith,” said Bound, who himself is one of the speakers. He added that the number of topics, locations and speakers was expanded this year.

“We want to encourage as many young adults to attend these as we can. It should be a good time and a time to learn more about the faith,” he said.

Julianne Donlon, diocesan Adult Faith Formation director, said Theology on Tap’s popularity is spreading to other age groups and outside the main population areas of Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh.

“Something we are seeing is that, while typically the young adult community is age 21 to 39, there’s lots of interest from people on the fringes of that who are interested in coming. That’s been great because we’ve had a great mix of generations.”

This summer’s slate of Theology on Tap’s 20 speakers includes:

• Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel (July 29, Oshkosh),

• Fr. David Bohnsack, a Comboni missionary formally stationed in Darfur in the Sudan (July 15, Oshkosh),

• Jeannie Hannemann, founder of Elizabeth Ministry International (July 22, Oshkosh, July 26, Kiel and July 28, Shawano), and

• Jason Simon, executive director of The Evangelical Catholic in Madison (July 8, Oshkosh).

Talks are usually held at 7 p.m. and begin the week of July 6. Locations and days are:

• De Pere: Mondays at Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern, 331 Main Ave.;

• Sturgeon Bay: Mondays at DC Brew, 116 S. Madison St.;

• Appleton: Tuesdays at McGuinness Pub, 201 S. Walnut (First event, Wednesday, July 8);

• Shawano: Tuesdays at Luigi’s, 607 S. Main St.;

• Manitowoc: Tuesdays at Kathy’s Stagecoach, 701 Franklin St.;

• Oshkosh: Wednesdays at Players Pizza, 556 West. 5th Ave.;

• Brillion: Wednesdays at Cobblestone Creek, 740 W. Ryan (Hwy. 10);

• Hortonville: Thursdays at Pork Bar and Grill, 223 W. Main St.;

• Kiel: Sundays at Tim Allen’s Bar, 901 Fremont St.

For more information, contact the diocesan Department of Education at (920) 272-8309 or go to this link. Theology-on-Tap is funded by the Bishop’s Appeal of the Green Bay Diocese.

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